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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Rupp Arena, Lexington Center on 1978-04-21 (April 21, 1978)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: April 21, 1978 (check for other copies)
Venue: Rupp Arena, Lexington Center
Location: Lexington, KY

Source: Soundboard
Lineage: SBD>MR>C>D>CD
Keywords: Live concert


Promised Land, Dire Wolf, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Ramble On Rose, Finiculi Finicula, Passenger, Row Jimmy, It's All Over Now, Brown Eyed Women, The Music Never Stopped Samson & Delilah, Ship of Fools, Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Stella Blue-> Truckin'-> Playin' In The Band, E: Werewolves of London, E: U.S. Blues*


SBD>MR>C>D>CD; Patched with AUD>MC>R>D>CD; Missing US Blues & most of Dire Wolf; See info file for details; via Jim Ballinger & Jeff Cook; Seeded to etree by J. Cotsman

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Reviewer: chris phillips - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 5, 2013
Subject: '78 highlight
Jerry's delivery a couple of times each year is delectable. This show has everything going for it in that respect straight through. Stella Blue and Truckin' are fantastic! The first set is as good as any on that long Spring tour
There was so much potential in '78.
Are we rating in the context of '78 shows or all the shows? I would not be one to downgrade rating based on tape quality.
5 stars for '78
3 stars compared to Harpur College.
Reviewer: EstimatedProphet082508 - - July 29, 2012
Subject: U.S. Blues
Yet another missing U.S. Blues encore---seems like they really hate this song or something, cause it is the most common missed encore from '78-'81
Reviewer: DaneBramage - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - November 30, 2010
Subject: Sounds like there are a lot more of you out there!
Being a 14 year old and having a chance to see a Grateful Dead show in my hometown was almost too good to be true. My brother and a few friends went to get tickets after school on the day they went on sale...and got a FRONT ROW seat at 4 in the afternoon! So it was no surprise that the cavernous Rupp Arena (24,000 seat capacity) had about 2500 fans to welcome the band. As has been said in other reviews, the band was inspired that night...but the reason was not a good one. Phil politely invited people to come down closer to the stage, and, of course, move if you were in someone's seat...Good Idea, but not one that security was willing to give in to. So as the 1st set went forward, the band got to see nearly every one of the people who tried to come to the floor get thrown out of the concert....not sent back to their seats...but DRAGGED out of the venue!!! Our seats were stage right (partially obstructed view, due to "wall of sound" speakers arrangement on the stage) and we watched in horror as security kept telling the guy dancing front row center to SIT DOWN...until they dragged HIM away as he held on to the back of his chair! Wellllll, THAT is why the 2nd set of this show is "stomp your foot, spit on the floor, kick some fucking ass Grateful Dead" (excuse my language!). THEY WERE PISSED. They played as if the place was standing room only, some of the most heart felt Dead music you'll ever hear (as evidenced by the inclusion of the Stella Blue on So Many Roads from this night). DOWNLOAD THIS SHOW!!! The country tinged 1st set is awesome (we WERE in Bluegrass Country ya know!) and the 2nd set with a drums that featured ALL members playing percussion was incredible! Oh yeah, they turned on the lights to send us home...and the Dead came out and played Werewolves of London with the freakin' lights on!!! Middle fingers up to Lexington boys! (unfortunately.) Never again.
Reviewer: cb18201 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 28, 2009
Subject: new version recently uploaded
go get charlie millers version that was just uploaded recently, really crisp and a SBD Werewolves of London encore. this version is alright but sounds like its off a cassette which we know it is. it did me well for a while but its time to upgrade. check out "stella blue". its a stand out track which appears on the "so many roads" box set.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - October 4, 2005
Subject: Row Jimmy A+, All over now A+, Music AA+
Not sure who dropped the ball in promoting this show because the dead had a pretty remarkable ability to fill arenas wherever they were even Alaska. There are some issues with sound levels and quality but overall this is very listenable. Lastly, the jam into Stella Blue after a pretty great drums with the crowd thoroughly involved is awesome as is Stella which was a peculiar call - Truckin is rockin. This show needs to be listened to in it's entirety to appreciate how good it is. DONT JUDGE THIS BY THE SONG LIST THEY PLAY THEIR HEARTS OUT TO AN EMPTY ARENA - THAT COUNTS FOR SOMETHING.
Reviewer: dcain - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - August 20, 2005
Subject: Short Funky Jam
Maybe this concert rates a 4. Good sound quality (I had the volume up and headphones on).

The jam out of Drums (5:36) is interesting. Garcia starts with his Bach organ sound and moves into some Samson/Dancin licks. It gets real funky from there. And yes, it may bear a vague relationship to a Bee Gees disco number. Fun stuff.

Music, the jam starts around 3:20, pretty good, tempo slightly slow. More of a meander than a stomp like 2-3. The turn at 5:20 is a bit abrupt. But Garcia has plenty of licks in his quiver for this one.

Around 7:18 Weir tosses out some neat phrases, Garcia's chording follows, and both of them are trilling chords full-0n at 7:50, exciting stuff. Their wrists run out of gas after the 7th one, and they are out of it. Amidst the excitement, you find yourself wishing the sound quality was better.

At 9 minutes or so of the same track, you hear the prelude to set two, noodling around Samson, and the sound is far crisper.
Reviewer: Nuggets - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 25, 2005
Subject: Awesome show but...
This an awesome show but the recording sounds kind of muddy. Its not a deal breaker but its not as crisp as some others of this tour. I would defiantly recommend this one though. Every song is played with such energy you can tell these guys were having fun this night. Defiantly check it out. Peace
Reviewer: Sweetmd3 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 10, 2005
Subject: Best time I had in Lexington
My wife and I only lived in Lexington for a couple of years and this show was one of the highlights of our stay there. Bobby and Phil called us all to move in closer and it was the most intimate of Dead shows for us. We never heard the Dead play "Warewolves of London" before or after and wondered if we dreamed it for years.

A few months before this show I wrote "Dead Heads" a letter and got on their mailing list for the first time. In the letter I jokingly asked them to come to Lexington and give me some pointers on the guitar. When they played Rupp Arena a few months after I wrote the letter, it turned into the hipest guitar lesson for me. My wife and I have since wondered if that show was their answer to my invite. If so - thanks!
Reviewer: bigpink - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 6, 2004
Subject: Good Quality
This was a really good show for the Dead. I am from Lexington so I know they were probably playing to just a few thousand fans inside a huge 24,000 capacity seating arena. I guess that's what they mean when they say their were plenty of seats down in the front. This was the first time the Dead ever played Lexington and it would also be their last time. That's too bad, I wish I knew why. Unfortunately I was just 9 years old in 1978, but I did see them in 1985 in Cincinnati. They sound young and fresh in this recording as opposed to sounding old and tired in 1985. This was definitely a much better show, probably because the heroin hadn't caught up yet with Jerry's performances.
Reviewer: Tod - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 6, 2004
Subject: Stayin' Alive Jam
I initially obtained this show years ago (on cassette) starting with the 2nd set Playin' -> through the end of the set. What struck my was not just the "playin'" jam that floats on cloulds, but the great percussion jam that segues into a 70's "Stayin' Alive" jam from the Sat Night Fever days. Also great banter at beg. of set 2 with Bobby railing against Jerry's cigarrett jones. Great sound quality, so no reason to not check it out!

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